fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
Recent Examples on the Web Alie searched high and low for thicker fabrics and eventually found a wholesale place to fabricate the suits. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 31 Mar. 2022 On rare occasions, restaurant and hotel owners will fabricate glowing reviews of their own properties to crank up their average ratings, or submit a dismal write-up of their competitors. Greg Melville, Outside Online, 15 Aug. 2014 The card sort tool provides the space for managers and their employees to have conversations that are really hard to fabricate out of thin air. Michael B. Arthur, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Whoever created the video added different captions or visual elements to fabricate the Ukrainian version. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 8 Mar. 2022 However, Miller began to fabricate stories, and told Cassaday that her husband was involved in the mafia and was abusive. Joseph Diaz, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2022 Some of the intelligence that seems to irk the Ukrainian government the most is speculation about a specific invasion date, and the alleged Russian plan to fabricate a pretext for an invasion using a fake video involving actors. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 Biden administration officials have been warning since early February that Russia could fabricate a pretext for invading Ukraine, such as staging a fake attack by Ukrainian forces on Russians. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 Biden administration officials said last week that intelligence findings showed that the Kremlin had worked up a plot to fabricate an attack by Ukrainian forces that Russia could use as a pretext to take military action against its neighbor. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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